Nationwide, 4% of students are homeless; in the San Jacinto Valley, it’s closer to 10% Photo by Iris Schneider for EDSOURCELisa Coker, a staffer with Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, a nonprofit agency that helps homeless youth and families in Santa Maria, distributes school supplies to students at Santa Maria High School. Coker also helps families seeking emergency shelter at Good Samaritan Shelter, where this family of two adults and six children share three bunk beds. ■ By Carolyn Jones / EDSOURCE More than 4 percent of adolescents and 10 percent of young adults nationwide were living on the street, in cars or shelters, or couch-surfing at some point in the
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